Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill


Outcome: E

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to create an offence with respect to the engaging by a person in a course of behaviour which is abusive of the person’s partner or ex-partner; and to make rules of criminal procedure for that offence and also for offences subject to the statutory aggravation involving abuse of partners or ex-partners.

Current Status of the Bill

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson MSP, on 17 March 2017.  Received Royal Assent on 9 March 2018.

Stage 1

Lead Committee: Justice

Dates of consideration by lead committee:

28 March 2017 (private)

9 May 2017 (evidence)

30 May 2017 (evidence)

6 June 2017 (evidence)

13 June 2017 (evidence)

20 June 2017 (evidence)

27 June 2017 (evidence)

12 September 2017 (private)

19 September 2017 (private)

Stage 1 Report on the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill - 21 September 2017

Dates of consideration by other committees:

31 May 2017 (evidence) (Finance and Constitution)

25 April 2017 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

Report: Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 - 27 April 2017

Stage 1 debate, 28 September 2017

Official Report and Minutes

After Passing

Received Royal Assent on 9 March 2018 

Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 asp 5